The new year of formation for the six seminarians at St. Josaphat Ukrainian Catholic Seminary in Washington, D.C. began on Friday, August 25. Classes for the seminarians at The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. commenced on Monday, August 28.

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Pictured above in Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church, Centralia, Pa. during the August 27 A Call to Prayer Marian Pilgrimage are (l. to r.) Andrew Perrong, Philadelphia Archeparchy; Philip Gilbert, ,Chicago Eparchy; Subdeacon Alex Bricki, Philadelphia Archeparchy; Very Rev. Robert J. Hitchens, seminary rector; Metropolitan-Archbishop Stefan Soroka; Very Rev. Wasyl Kharuk, spiritual director; Martin Nagy, Chicago Eparchy; Kairo Chorne, Philadelphia Archeparchy; Bohdan Vasyliv, Philadelphia Archeparchy.

 

Rev. John M. Fields
Communications Office
Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia


Teachings of Christ

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God." (John 3:16-18 ESV)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion - Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

"Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching." (Proverbs 4:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

When a man is disturbed or saddened under the pretext of a good and soul-profiting matter, and is angered against his neighbour, it is evident that this is not according to God: for everything that is of God is peaceful and useful and leads a man to humility and to judging himself.

St. Barsanuphius the Great